Instant Pot:  Healthy Homemade Meals FAST

The Instant Pot: Healthy Homemade Meals FAST

I am here to shout from the roof tops that the Instant Pot  has changed the way that I cook.  This fabulous kitchen gadget allows me to feed my family healthy delicious homemade meals fast!  Meals that used to take an hour or more to cook often take only minutes now, seriously.  My Instant Pot […]

Homemade French Onion Soup Mix:  Earth Mama's World

Homemade French Onion Soup Mix

The first half of this year I pretty much fell off of my real food clean eating wagon.  Our family had several personal struggles and I took comfort in comfort food.  It was easy to fall back into old bad habits, convenience foods were coming home with us from the grocery store.  I could tell […]

Veggie Black Bean Buger

Homemade Veggie Black Bean Burgers With Spicy Chipotle Sauce

I recently had a delicious black bean burger while out and about with my kids.  It seems that everyday since I had that burger I have been craving another one.  I finally set out in my kitchen to make a homemade veggie black bean burger that would satisfy my craving. I enjoy spicy foods but […]

garbanzo bean salad:  EarthMamasWorld

Garbanzo Bean (Chick Pea) Salad

I splurged during many recent holiday celebrations.  I ate many foods that I typically avoid.  When I woke up this morning I was paying the price….I felt lousy.  “You are what you eat” came to mind.  I had been eating crap and that is exactly how I felt.  I knew that it was time to end my […]

Homemade Dog Treats (Earth Mamas World)

Homemade Dog Treats

Ava asked if we could make our dog, Laika, homemade dog treats.  I thought that making homemade dog treats was a brilliant idea!  I am not sure why I never thought about making homemade pet food.  I make so many homemade items from homemade velvetta cheese to homemade hand sanitizer but never homemade pet food.  I have made such […]

Kale Chips

Crispy Crunchy Kale Chips

I have been hearing so many positive health benefits of kale and have been looking for ways to add it to my families diet.  If you haven’t already heard here are some of the health benefits of kale.  Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber, and has zero fat.   One cup of kale has only […]

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites

I feel as if I have been in a lunch rut for some time now.   Luckily, it is the back to school time of year and inspiration has been turning up all over the web!  Last week I came across a meatless Monday post at Fine and Fair for quinoa pizza bites I got really excited.  My […]

Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt

Banana Bread Using Greek Yogurt

My kids love banana bread and banana muffins.  I am always trying out new banana bread recipes (whole wheat banana bread, almond flour banana bread) .  This week I had 6 super ripe bananas on the counter and a tub of greek yogurt in the fridge.  Time to create a new recipe! I have been using […]

Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken

Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken With Mashed Cauliflower & Potatoes

Now that Shane has gone back to work and it is only the kids and I for dinner I resort to mostly ‘kid friendly’ recipes.   This is a meal that we eat at least weekly while Shane is away for work:  Breadcrumb crusted chicken served, mashed potatoes (with cauliflower mixed in) gravy, and green beans. […]

Jerk Mahi Mahi With Caribbean Slaw

Jerk Mahi Mahi With Carribean Cole Slaw

We have been loving having Shane, AKA daddy, home for three weeks.  We had a summer blast while he was home.  We practically lived in the pool, went on field trips, and simply enjoyed being together as a family.  All good things must come to an end I guess and it was time for him […]

Cheesy Baked Ziti

Cheesy Baked Ziti

My husband is home for two weeks (yay!!!).  He requested that I make an Italian dish one night for dinner.  I used to make Italian foods all of the time but have limited them to special occasions…and “daddy” being home is certainly a special occasion.  I decided to go all the way and make my […]

Blackened Mahi W/ Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Blackened Mahi With Cilantro Lime Quinoa

A friend recently shared his catch of mahi with us that he caught offshore  I was excited to cook (and eat) the wild caught fresh fish.  I knew that I wanted to blacken it because this is my favorite way to eat fish right behind sushi!  I typically make a cucumber salad or cabbage slaw as a […]


Homemade Blackened Seasoning

I have been making homemade blackened seasoning for over eight years now.  I guess this would be the first homemade spice blend that I ever made.  I started making this because I couldn’t find a blackened seasoning that had a nice kick without all of the salt.  I was making this prior to my quest for healthier […]

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

I think the first food that any of my kids ever tasted was a pickle.  They absolutely love them.  Their favorite beverage to have with their pickles is lemonade, odd I know!  Seriously, these kids love pickles. This week I had an abundance of organic cucumbers and decided that it was time to make homemade […]